Family calls for inquest into death of Steve Fobister, former Grassy Narrows First Nation chief

Steve Fobister

By Shawn Jeffords THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO- The family of an Ontario First Nation chief, who was a vocal advocate for a community plagued by a mercury-contaminated river, called Friday for an inquest into his death, saying it was needed to shed light on the illness he grappled with for years. Those close to Steve Fobister Sr., the former chief of the Grassy Narrows First Nation, said the probe could prove what they believe is true, that the community leader’s death at 66 earlier this month was the result of long-term mercury poisoning. “The family is looking for the truth and we don’t see any other avenue to find out the truth,’’ said Robert Williamson, a friend of Fobister. “An inquest would be something that finds out what’s really happening.’’…

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